Happiness

Happiness

A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

eBook - 2006
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In this groundbreaking book, Matthieu Ricard makes a passionate case for happiness as a goal that deserves at least as much energy as any other in our lives. Wealth? Fitness? Career success? How can we possibly place these above true and lasting well-being? Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, Western philosophy, Buddhist beliefs, scientific research, and personal experience, Ricard weaves an inspirational and forward-looking account of how we can begin to rethink our realities in a fast-moving modern world. With its revelatory lessons and exercises, Happiness is an eloquent and stimulating guide to a happier life. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2006.
Edition: 1st English language ed.
ISBN: 9780316054751
0316054755
Characteristics: xiv, 281 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Talking About Happiness
Is Happiness the Purpose of Life?
A Two-Way Mirror: Looking Within, Looking Without
False Friends
Is Happiness Possible?
The Alchemy of Suffering
The Veils of the Ego
When Our Thoughts Become Our Worst Enemies
The River of Emotion
Disturbing Emotions: The Remedies
Desire
Hatred
Envy
The Great Leap to Freedom
A Sociology of Happiness
Happiness in the Lab
Happiness and Altruism: Does Happiness Make Us Kind or Does Being Kind Make Us Happy?
Happiness and Humility
Optimism, Pessimism, and Naivete
Golden Time, Leaden Time, Wasted Time
One with the Flow of Time
Ethics as the Science of Happiness
Happiness in the Presence of Death
A Path.
Summary: In this groundbreaking book, Matthieu Ricard makes a passionate case for happiness as a goal that deserves at least as much energy as any other in our lives. Wealth? Fitness? Career success? How can we possibly place these above true and lasting well-being? Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, Western philosophy, Buddhist beliefs, scientific research, and personal experience, Ricard weaves an inspirational and forward-looking account of how we can begin to rethink our realities in a fast-moving modern world. With its revelatory lessons and exercises, Happiness is an eloquent and stimulating guide to a happier life. Book jacket.

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spantell
Aug 11, 2016

This book is written poorly and is unclear. That may be partly due to a poor translation. I found some useful information and think the author has something to say.

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fionafriesen
Jul 28, 2012

I really enjoyed this book, more so than many others on the topic. It has a really interesting mesh of both Eastern and Western views of happiness with simple, practical advice.

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